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Coal Tar

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Uses

Coal Tar is used in the treatment of psoriasis, keratoses (abnormal skin growth) and dermatitis.

How it works

Coal tar belongs to a class of drugs known as keratoplastics. It works by causing the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer and slow down the growth of skin cells. This effect decreases scaling and dryness. Coal tar can also decrease itchiness from these skin conditions.

Common side effects

Skin irritation, Photosensitivity

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Content on this page was last updated on 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)